Here are five links and ten quotes, including one about actors. Enjoy!

Omar Sharif Wasn’t The Only Muslim Actor Famous In America. Here Are 5 Others.

“Omar Sharif…was one of a growing list of Muslim actors (he converted), and certainly one of the most famous.”

American Qu’ran Makes A Sacred Text Familiar

“The artist Sandow Birk has created a illuminated manuscript of Islam’s holy book that juxtaposes its writings with pictures of American life.”

To A Courageous Palestinian Mother

A brilliant article about Wedad Saqa, “an exiled Palestinian mother and artist who supports herself with artistic work and artistically baked pastries.”

Karachi Vice: Inside The City Torn Apart By Killings, Extortion And Terrorism

I have written before about Pakistan’s descent into the mouth of madness. This article is a further confirmation of that view…“In the past decade and a half, terror attacks have become just another element of a crime wave in Karachi that is virtually an insurgency…For the 23 million people who live there, crime has become a central part of life, as commonplace as traffic jams and power cuts.”

Mecca Then And Now, 128 Years Of Growth

“In the late 1880s, the photographer Al Sayyid Abd al Ghaffar carried cumbersome equipment to the desert city of Mecca, capturing scenes of thousands of Muslim pilgrims camped in the surrounding hills and valleys during the Hajj. Today, more than 125 years later, more than two million Hajj pilgrims descended on Mecca, which has grown drastically to accommodate the annual gathering. Gathered here is a series of photographs from al Ghaffar taken sometime around 1887, compared with images from similar locations taken in 2015.”


Four quotes that explain why need to be a wee bit more mindful of what’s in our heads…

  • Watch your thoughts for they become words. Watch your words for they become actions. Watch your actions for they become habits. Watch your habits, for they become your character. And watch your character, for it becomes your destiny! What we think we become. – from the movie The Iron Lady (2011), about Margaret Thatcher
  • You should repulse a thought. If you do not do so, it will develop into a desire. You should therefore wage war against it. If you do not do so, it will become a resolution and firm intention. If you do not repulse this, it will develop into a deed. If you do not make up for it by doing the opposite thereof [the opposite of that evil deed], it will become a habit. It will then be very difficult for you to give it up. – Ibn Al–Qayyim, from his book Al–Fawaid
  • Keep your thoughts positive because your thoughts become your words. Keep your words positive because your words become your behavior. Keep your behavior positive because your behavior becomes your habits. Keep your habits positive because your habits become your values. Keep your values positive because your values become your destiny. – Mahatma Gandhi
  • The beginning of knowledge is the intention, then listening, then understanding, then action, then preservation, and then spreading it. – Ibn Al–Mubarak

And six more to make it a round ten…

  • If you truly appreciated the blessings of Allah, if you truly understood the nature of this world and the worth of this world, then you would never complain about money. – Anon
  • If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to. – Dorothy Parker
  • A celebrity is a product that the media manufactures today…just so they will have something to say tomorrow. – Mokokoma Mokhonoana
  • A child who reads will be an adult who thinks. – Anon
  • Some say the devil be a mystical thing. I say the devil he a walking man. He a fool he a liar, conjurer and a thief. He try to tell you what you want, try to tell you what you need. – lyrics from the song Crossroads by Tracy Chapman
  • All that powder, perfume and paint, makes me wonder some girls are what they ain’t. – lyrics from the song Yo Frankie by Dion Dimucci

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